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A new study produced by Social Justice Ireland for Caritas Europa reveals disturbing levels of poverty and deprivation in the seven EU countries worst affected by the economic crisis: Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain.

New 7-country study shows EU policies continue to produce rising poverty and unemployment.

The prioritisation by the EU and its Member States of economic policies at the expense of social policies during the current crisis is having a devastating impact on people, especially in the seven countries worst hit.

Ireland could and should have a Universal Pension for everyone over 65. it could be paid for principally by standard rating the current tax-break for private pensions. More than 80% of benefit of the current tax break goes to the 20% with highest earnings. A Universal Pension would be simpler, fairer and more just as well as being sustainable in the decades ahead.

A new Caritas Europa study, reveals disturbing levels of poverty and deprivation in the five EU countries worst hit by the economic crisis; Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.  It also finds that the prioritisation by the EU and its Member States of economic policies at the expense of social policies during the current crisis is having a devastating impact on people - especially in the five countrie

The following report was compiled by Social Justice Ireland in the context of the Europe 2020 
Strategy and of Ireland’s National Reform Programme which sets out Ireland’s contribution to 
achieving the overarching targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy. 
 
The report covers three of the five headline targets established in the Irish National Reform 
Programme, namely, education, employment and ‘poverty and social exclusion’. On each of 

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